Phil Collins receives NSW Service Medallion from Premier
Forests NSW former employee Phillip Collins who lives at Batlow received a prestigious NSW Service Medallion from NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell at a ceremony held in Sydney last Thursday.
The NSW Service Medallion is awarded to employees who have completed 40 or more years of meritorious service for the NSW Government.
NSW public sector employees are nominated by government agencies and are endorsed by the Director General or Chief Executive Officer of the nominee's agency.
Mr Collins who retired in January this year after almost 46 years with Forests NSW said he was honoured to receive the award.
"It is great when someone acknowledges the time and effort I put into the job," he said.
"I really enjoyed my, "roading" work and it was an honour to work with the people I did. I like to think we had the best roading team in NSW."
Mr Collins last position at Forests NSW was Infrastructure Field manager for Hume Region, which covers Tumut, Batlow and Tumbarumba.
Regional manager, Bob Germantse, said Mr Collins had constantly worked to deliver services at a standard of excellence.
"During his career he has been a leading force in developing and maintaining a world-class forest road system, which now services annual haulage of more than two million tonnes of log and wood products," he said.
"Among the other many noteworthy achievements in his career, Phil has been in charge of numerous emergency responses. He has earned an award for bravery and shown great leadership in the face of adversity.
"Phil took a leading role in combating major fires in the 2002-2003 and 2006-2007 bushfire seasons."
Mr Germantse said Mr Collins had shown unparalleled commitment to developing and protecting a world-class timber resource.
"Phil has always demonstrated exceptional leadership qualities. He also has high levels of technical expertise, which when combined with his commitment to forestry, has delivered high-quality results."
Mr Collins said that although he had retired, he still kept in close touch with his work mates.
"I loved my time working with Forests NSW, but at the age of 62 work and also having to run my farm became too much, so I retired. Now I am now really enjoying spending more time with my wife Diane and my grandchildren as well as fitting in a bit more fishing and lawn bowls," he said.
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